Carioca – Favela Cantagalo

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The Brazil World Cup has come and gone. The Rio Olympics have as well. So what’s left for Brazil to celebrate and show the world how great they are?

Beef. Mountains of it. Pulled beef to be precise. Like the beef featured on the ginormous Favela Cantagalo, a towering, mouthwatering dish prepared by the Brazillian cuisine experts at Carioca. Located in the heart of Brixton Village (or Market, who knows really), this is a daunting insight into Latin American flavours.

Delicate pulled beef, cabbage and other veggies, all topped with banana and “things I don’t understand” like cassava, this “thing” might not make much sense upon first sight, but trust me, it’s an absolutely perfect mix of a dish.

So turns out that while Brazil might not have any more soon to come sporting events, maybe they should be looking into competitive eating. If they do, sign me up, please.

 

Slimy? Careful with this one, it’ll crumble at first touch. Beatifully crumbly.

Satisfying? Each bite packs a hearty punch of delicious Brazilian identity. Come hungry!

 

Carioca
25-27 Market Row, London SW9 8LB
http://www.cariocabrixton.com
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Arepa and Co - Cachapa Mariana cornbread venezuelan food in haggerston london

Arepa and Co – Cachapa Mariana

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You have to love arepas, those delicious South American treats made of cornbread and stuffed with anything you can imagine. You’d think that’s what I would order in a place called Arepa & Co, located in the Haggerston Riviera (where I’ve also tried this and this). But upon looking at the menu, there’s something bigger. A cachapa. And I always go for bigger.

Arepa and Co - Cachapa Mariana cornbread venezuelan food in haggerston london

Much larger than an arepa. That’s always welcome

They have their differences, but mostly it’s about size. The cachapa is bigger, so no eating with your hands. Unless you have huge hands. In which case, good for you. You are biologically designed towards cachapa consumption. Since my hands are normal in size, a good fork and knife will do.

Arepa and Co - Cachapa Mariana cornbread venezuelan food in haggerston london

Bathe it in glorious sauce!

You select the filling to go with it, in my case, Cachapa Mariana, which comes with chicken, avocado, cheddar and plantains. A whimsical mix by itself, you top it off with a magical red sauce which I’m sure is made out of unicorn shavings, and you’ve got a Venezuelan treat unlike any other.

Arepa and Co - Cachapa Mariana cornbread venezuelan food in haggerston london

Beautiful cross section

Well, it’s quite like an arepa. But bigger. Since arepas are great, and this is bigger, well… you do the math.

 

Slimy? Holds its ingredients surprisingly well. Until you smother it with that magic sauce. Then it’s every man for himself

Satisfying? What’s not to love? More cornbread, more food, more fun!

 

Arepa & Co
58A De Beauvoir Crescent, N15SB London
http://arepaandco.com/
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